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Workshop of mFund to discuss mobility innovations on 7 December in Bonn

German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure offers support to digital, data-based innovations for mobility

mFUND is a financial assistance programme sponsored by the German Federal Government which was launched in 2016. To date, about 80 projects have been approved and financial support is granted to commercial, academic and administrative projects that develop progressive mobility solutions.

WIK provides scientific accompanying research to the programme, investigating the opportunities that digitisation offers to mobility, thus giving input to political and academic debates. A kick-off workshop organised by WIK takes place on 7 December 2017 in Bonn (in German language only).

Agenda and registration at mfund.wik.org.

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Workshop on Open Research Data at the European Commission

WIK supports the Review of the PSI Directive

The European PSI Directive stipulates that all accessible information generated and collected by public sector institutions must be made available for re-use under open terms. Against the background of the growing importance of open research data for the economy, the European Commission wishes to engage in a debate concerning the possible extension of the directive to publicly funded research data. The Commission is hosting a public Workshop as a part of this study.

In October 2017, DG CNECT has commissioned a team led by Deloitte, Belgium, to support the Review of Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information. WIK-Consult takes part in the study as a partner to Deloitte.

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India on the digitisation fastrack due to RIAs

Consumers in India profit from US$98 billion consumer surplus

The study, conducted by WIK with the support of the Broadband India Forum (BIF), concludes that Rich Interaction Applications (RIAs), like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts and Hike, create a consumer surplus of US$98 billion (INR 6.3 lakh crores) in India. This is equivalent to 4.3% of India’s GDP of US$2,264 billion (INR 147 lakh crores) in 2016. Each user of RIAs in India receives on average US$249 (INR 16,185) of consumer surplus annually. Applied to the entire population – not just to RIA users – this results in US$74 per capita (INR 4,810).

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Economic impact of the ePrivacy-Regulation provisions on online advertising and ad-based digital business models

Online advertising and ad-based digital business models at risk?

The amendment of the ePrivacy Directive is a controversial topic. The results of our study show that the total digital advertising budget in Germany is expected to be reduced by about one third in the short term. In the medium to long term, it can be expected that the advertising budgets will migrate into closed systems and, alternatively, paywalls will be established. It is important to understand elementary trade-offs in the Internet ecosystem before making political decisions.

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Digitisation arises IT security awareness

10 percent of German SMEs use Industry 4.0 applications

A recent WIK survey shows that the digitisation of processes is accompanied by an increased IT security awareness of companies. For 81 percent of companies already using Industry 4.0, the importance of IT security is high or very high. The value is thus clearly above the average of all surveyed companies (65 percent). These companies have also carried out IT security analyses with an above-average frequency (at least 38 percent, compared to an average of 20 percent).

As part of the initiative "IT Security in Companies", which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, WIK examined the question of how many companies already rely on networked production processes and which role IT security plays in this respect. In the project "Current Situation of IT Security in SMEs", a representative survey was conducted at around 1,500 companies with less than 500 employees.

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Superfast data network in Flanders

Flemish Government analyses operator proposals

The Flemish Government in Belgium aims to improve the competitive conditions of its region and therefore has asked the leading telecommunications operators for proposals for developing their infrastructures towards a long term (50 years) future proof network. Four operators have submitted proposals that will be analysed and evaluated by WIK-Consult until end of this year. The starting points of the operators are quite different (FTTC, DOCSIS 3.0, LTE, electrical power supply).

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Dutch Parliament discusses future of the postal market

Alex Dieke speaks at hearing of the Committee on Economic Affairs

The States General (the Dutch Parliament) is currently discussing options for the future regulation of the postal market. A hearing on the issue was held by the Committee on Economic Affairs committee (of the House of Representatives) on 15 November 2017.

Thirteen experts from the postal industry, trade unions and academia, including WIK director Alex Dieke as the only foreign guest, were invited to present statements, and respond to questions by the Members of Parliament. Future labor conditions and industrial relations were major issues at the hearing.

A video stream of the hearing is available at the Parliament’s website (debate in Dutch, statements by Dieke and his Q&A in English).

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Presentations

Dr Iris Henseler-Unger: #DIGIKON17 Digitalisierungskonferenz der Wirtschaft, 13 November 2017, Keynote

Dr Christian Wernick: Danish Energy Association Conference, 7 November 2017, Broadband Availability and Framework Conditions for the Rollout of Gigabit Networks in Germany

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